FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2016
The City of Kansas City announced today that, effective May 31, Mark VanLoh will retire from his position as Aviation Director for the City of Kansas City, Mo. VanLoh has served as Aviation Director for the City of Kansas City for 12 years.
“I want to thank Mark for his great service to the City,” stated City Manager Troy Schulte. “During his tenure, Richards Gebaur Airport was redeveloped as an intermodal hub, and Wheeler Downtown Airport was revitalized. Kansas City International improved its financial position, added new airline service and additional non-stop flights. In addition, vacant ground at KCI was redeveloped, creating over 1,000 new good-paying jobs in the City. Nearly a decade ago, Mark began the discussions about the severe structural problems that were impeding further growth at KCI that has resulted in the current terminal conversation. Good leadership can be controversial and unpopular, but it should always be appreciated.”
Schulte has appointed Assistant City Manager Patrick Klein as the new Director of Aviation. The Aviation Director oversees all aspects of the management, development, operation and maintenance of Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.
“I am proud of the hundreds of aviation employees that have dedicated long hours keeping the airport operating and receiving perfect federal inspections. We have experienced tremendous growth and financial stability in the last few years at both airports,” said Aviation Director VanLoh. “The Mayor and City Manager have allowed the department to operate like a business and with the selection of Pat Klein as my replacement,I feel comfortable that it is time to retire and enjoy the next phase of my life.”
Klein has worked for the City for nearly 20 years, serving in a variety of management roles, and is well positioned to step into this new position. Since 2013 Klein has worked with groups which have been studying future options for terminal modernization. This includes the mayor’s Airport Terminal Advisory Group, and the Airport Leadership Committee. Klein is familiar with all aspects of the airport’s operation and has worked extensively with Aviation Department staff.
“I am pleased and honored to accept the role of Aviation Director for the City of Kansas City, Mo.,” said Assistant City Manager Klein. “Kansas City’s momentum is evident, and I look forward to extending that momentum to meet the growing travel and tourism needs of this great city.”
Klein earned his bachelor’s degree from K-State and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Media inquires should be directed to Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at Chris.Hernandez@kcmo.org, 816-513-3474.